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Europe 2020 competition winner

Announcing this years winner of the Darklight / European Commission in Ireland online filmmaking competition . . . Big congrats to Dan Dalton, whose film 2020 and Beyond wowed the judges with its originality, humour and imaginative view of Europe in 2020. Watch the winning film here.

…europe 2020

Europe 2020 is a set of goals the European Commission has set as targets to be met by the year 2020. Targets include Climate Change, poverty, education, innovation and research & Development. Further information on the Europe 2020 strategy is available via

What will Europe look like in 2020? Is yours a dystopian or Utopian vision for the future? Will the issues around Climate Change have been tackled? Will unemployment / poverty be a thing of the past? Or has the Global Recession worsened? Will we all have flying cars or will have everyone have reverted to a bicycle? Will the Information Age have ended and will we enter a new previously unimagined Age? We want to know your thoughts.

…the proposition

Submit a short film, one inspired by the notion of 'Europe 2020'. Go on... It doesn't matter if you record it on your mobile phone, a state of the art digital video camera, or create your own DIY animation - the idea's the thing. Make it a comedy, a tragedy, a documentary, an animation - whatever takes your fancy. It's about self-expression. And if it gets people thinking, even better.

...the prize

The winning entry will win a state of the art 60d worth €1200 and have their work screened this October at the 2011 Darklight Film Festival. There are also runners up prizes for highly commended entries.

…the web

As this is an internet competition, your entries need to be uploaded onto a video hosting site - You Tube, Google Video, Vimeo... Any online video hosting site will do nicely. Once you do that, submit your link, along with your details, on the "Entry" page. NB: Don't forget to check out the terms and conditions of this competition.

Entries must be submitted by the 14th of October 19th of October (deadline extended!).

…the criteria

The winner will not only be selected on the basis of the best film produced, but also by the number of hits their video gets. 75% of the marks for the movie will be given over to creativity and imagination, and 25% for building an audience.

The judge's decisions are final.

…the discussion

We will also be holding a one-day panel discussion on Saturday 22nd October 2011 as part of the Darklight Festival, discussing Europe in 2020 and the future of filmmaking in Ireland. It does not matter if you are a novice or experienced filmmaker, you will be sure to learn something on the day.

…our virals

For some inspiration you can check out previous European Commission / Darklight Online Short Film Competition winners, finalists and other virals here.